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TGA Industry News Briefs
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Time is Fleeting to Prepare for New Product Season


There's a season for everything: There's the holiday shopping season (which is very nearly upon us), and there's the new travel product season. That's when retailers will be prowling the aisles of The International Travel Goods Show for new travel products, luggage, comfort items and accessories. It's vital to have good positioning on the exhibit floor, at the event where more product orders are written than any other. Secure your space now, while you still have a choice, and be part of the biggest product launch party in the industry: The International Travel Goods Show. Contact Cathy Hays,, 877-842-1938, x-707, to grab your piece of The Show!

Help TGA Make the Final Push for Congressional Passage of TPP


TGA urges its members to join the entire business community as we make the final push for Congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement during Congress’ lame-duck session immediately after the November 8 elections. When implemented, TPP will provide immediate duty-free entry for all travel goods under flexible rules of origin between the United States, Vietnam, and 10 other Asia-Pacific countries. Take the first step by joining thousands of other companies and organizations in signing a business community letter to Congress in support of TPP. Click here to sign the letter. The deadline for signatures is November 7.

More Trade Groups Want Alibaba Back on USTR’s Piracy List


A dozen trade groups are joining the call for Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. to be put back on a list of global marketplaces known for counterfeit and pirated goods. In a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative Wednesday, these trade groups – including the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the Travel Goods Association – said they were making the request because an “enormous amount of counterfeits” remain on Alibaba’s sites, especially its flea-market-like Taobao shopping platform. READ MORE

7 Ways International Trade is Like Baseball


The sounds of baseball in October mean the post-season and the World Series. Meanwhile, the sounds of international trade policy bashing can only mean an election around the corner. Turns out we can learn a lot about international trade policy from baseball. Let's take a look at seven lessons. READ MORE

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Early Bird’s Guide to the 2016 Holiday Shopping Season


Regardless of whether or not the majority of retailers roll out special holiday promotions this week or next, or who winds up in the White House, the onslaught of holiday season sales and marketing efforts is coming very soon. Here’s what shoppers need to know to make smart spending decisions. READ MORE

TIME's 50 Best Travel Apps of the Year


On Monday, TIME Magazine released its 50 best iPhone and Android apps of the year. Several of the apps are ideal for your next vacation: They can help you find the best airfare, save on the perfect hotel, or help you stay in touch with friends back home. These are the top six travel apps of the year, according to TIME. READ MORE

U.S. Airlines Expect Busier Travel this Thanksgiving


More travelers will fly on U.S. airlines around the Thanksgiving holiday this year than last, a trade group said this week. U.S. carriers are expected to fly 27.3 million passengers worldwide from Friday, November 18, through Tuesday, November 29, up 2.5% from a year earlier, Washington-based Airlines for America said. The Sunday after Thanksgiving will likely be the busiest, with an estimated 2.81 million travelers taking to the skies. READ MORE

Online Retail a Big Focus for Holiday Shoppers, Reveals Survey


At least half of holiday shoppers are intending to buy gifts online this year, according to the annual Deloitte holiday survey on consumer spend and trends. The survey, which polls more than 5,000 U.S consumers, reveals shoppers will spend 47% of their holiday budget online, the same as brick-and-mortars for the first time in the survey’s history. READ MORE

How to Use Content Curation Effectively in Social Media and Email Marketing


For social media and email marketing to work well, you require a certain frequency of content sharing. Regular contact is necessary to drive a meaningful impact and keep leads warm and prospects interested. Effective content curation can help you meet content demand and deliver value to your audience. Here are five powerful ways to do it. READ MORE

Ten Reasons Successful People Change Jobs More Often


A lot of working people and job-seekers worry about looking like “job hoppers.” They force themselves to stick it out at jobs they hate, because they’re afraid that employers might spurn them if they have too many short-term jobs on their resumes. Here’s the problem with that logic: The employers who can grow your flame the fastest, value you the most and give you the best learning experiences are the ones who value real accomplishments over old-fashioned notions of “stability” based on long tenure in one job. READ MORE

Americans Can Now Bring Cuban Cigars and Rum into the U.S.


It's time to get a bigger suitcase. Two of the most prized souvenirs for American tourists just became legal again after more than 50 years. As of the end of October, Americans traveling abroad can buy an unlimited number of Cuban cigars and rum wherever in the world they are sold and bring them back to the U.S., as long as it is for personal consumption only. READ MORE